Club History

by

Roger Blasse, Tuesday, 22 June 2010
THE HISTORY OF BRYC 
 
Black Rock Yacht Club began as an annexe of the Brighton Yacht Club (later Royal Brighton) in 1899. A number of Brighton members used to sail to Half Moon Bay for a picnic, which soon became an annual event incorporating a race from Brighton to Half Moon Bay. In 1904, the Black Rock branch of the Brighton Yacht Club was established.
 
The original wooden club building was destroyed by fire in 1937 and replaced by a two-storey wooden club house which was demolished in 1967. This building was in the yard area to the left of the gate and adjacent on the site of the present club building was a large storage shed. Between the two buildings was a rail line down to the water that enabled boats to be loaded from the shed and launched. Many of the earlier class of boat were too heavy to carry. Black Rock’s early fleet consisted mainly of fishermen’s boats which were moored in the harbour. These were followed by the 14 Foot Dinghy Class and in the 1930’s the 12 Square Metre (heavyweight) Sharpie appeared. The heavyweight and later the modern Lightweight Sharpie were to dominate the club for the next 30 years. In the 1960’s they were joined by the Flying Dutchman, 14’s, Herons, Mirrors, OK Dinghy’s and Sabots which replace the International Cadet as our training boat. Classes also sailed presently include Lasers, Fireballs, Sabres, 125’s, 420’s, 470’s, Finns, Contenders, and Trailable Yachts.

 

A comprehensive illustrated book of the first 100 Years History of BRYC can be purchased from the Club's office.

 




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